Women’s Basketball: Owls finish non-conference schedule with pair of wins

Beat both Bethune-Cookman and Miami University for FAU Holiday Tournament title

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Women’s Basketball: Owls finish non-conference schedule with pair of wins

Owls sophomore guard Danneal Ford dribbles past Bethune-Cookman guard Jasmine Knowles  (21) during Tuesday's 82-60 win. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Owls sophomore guard Danneal Ford dribbles past Bethune-Cookman guard Jasmine Knowles (21) during Tuesday's 82-60 win. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Owls sophomore guard Danneal Ford dribbles past Bethune-Cookman guard Jasmine Knowles (21) during Tuesday's 82-60 win. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Owls sophomore guard Danneal Ford dribbles past Bethune-Cookman guard Jasmine Knowles (21) during Tuesday's 82-60 win. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

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Women’s basketball ended its non-conference schedule with a pair of wins during the FAU Holiday Tournament, beating Bethune-Cookman Tuesday and Miami University Wednesday.

The tournament field also included Long Island University-Brooklyn, who lost both of its games to Miami and Bethune-Cookman.

With the pair of victories, the Owls hold on to fourth place in the Conference USA standings with an 8-3 record. They begin C-USA play on Jan. 3 versus Florida International at 2 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know from the Owls’ two games:

Game One: Florida Atlantic 82, Bethune-Cookman 60

A second half rally by the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats was not enough to make a comeback Tuesday, as the Owls took their opening game in the FAU Holiday Tournament 82-60.

FAU led by as much as 30 by halftime, helped by a 9-of-16 performance from behind the 3-point arc during that stretch. The 15 total 3-pointers the Owls (7-3) hit during the game were the second most in program history, behind the 20 they made on March 5, 2014 against UTEP.

The Wildcats (6-7) led the scoring between the two teams in the second half 43-35, but the scoring surge came too late.

Junior forward Kat Wright and senior guard Morgan Robinson tied for the team’s scoring lead with 15 points each. Redshirt senior Ali Gorell finished with nine points.

The game was the first for each team in over a week after going through their respective holiday breaks.

Game Two: Florida Atlantic 68, Miami (Ohio) 65 (OT)

The Owls came close to dropping the tournament final Wednesday to the Miami University Redhawks, but held on to win 68-65 in overtime.

FAU shot 1-of-7 from the field to end the fourth quarter, allowing the Redhawks to catch up on a 5-of-7 shooting spree to tie the game within the final minute.

Both teams missed chances to win in regulation. Miami’s Baleigh Reid lost a chance to win the game on a three-point play attempt with 11 seconds left, but missed the free throw. Gorrell missed a layup attempt to end regulation, sending both teams to extra time.

After initially falling behind, an 8-2 run by the Owls (8-3) helped them pick up their third win in a row and take the holiday tournament final.

Miami finished the game cold, shooting 1-of-7 during FAU’s end-of-the-game scoring streak.

Wright and sophomore forward Melinda Myers each registered 10 points, while Gorrell led the team’s scoring with 15 points.

Ryan Lynch is the sports editor of the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.